Personal Fitness Trainer

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Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma

Turn your passion for health and fitness into a career! Our program presents a comprehensive health science education with an emphasis on special populations. The curriculum consists of academic and technical courses, including practical skill development. Students are prepared for entry into professional practice, possessing the ability to apply basic assessment skills and design while implementing and managing a variety of fitness programs.

Program Overview

  • Study full-time or part-time
  • Take a combination of in-class, online and practicum courses
  • Start in September or January
  • Complete within 2 years up to a maximum of 6 years


Fall 2020 program update

As Mount Royal responds to COVID-19 and the changing directives from Alberta Health Services around face-to-face programming, planning for the fall semester is still underway. Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma students will be contacted directly when more information about fall course delivery is available. For any additional questions, please email

The Mount Royal Advantage

Train to the highest standards nationally
The curriculum was designed to meet the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer national certification.

Earn a university credential
Your diploma is issued by Mount Royal University, a respected Canadian post-secondary institution.

Experience campus life
Benefit from small class sizes, a tight-knit student community, expert instructors and a dedicated program team while experiencing the amenities and services of a university.

Gain real-life experience
Apply your skills during practicum experiences throughout the program.

Access to scholarships
Students have access to faculty and program scholarships. For more information, please visit Scholarships & Bursaries.
Are you interested in sponsoring a scholarship? Email us at

Prepare for a rewarding career
Graduates of the program work as Personal Fitness Trainers within multidisciplinary clinics, fitness facilities and studios or as fitness trainer entrepreneurs.

Connect with your Community
Be active in the Calgary community and network with employers, clients and industry professionals through practicum experiences and relevant symposiums.
Interested in hosting practicum students? Email for more information.

Continue your studies
Graduates of the program are eligible to receive transfer credit towards the University of Lethbridge's Bachelor of Health Sciences - Public Health. Further educational opportunities exist through our Transfer Credit agreements.


Free! Information Night at MRU

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are postpoining the information night that is scheduled for April 22, 2020. If you have any questions, please email

Contact us

For more information about this program:
403.440.7742 or 1.866.616.3606
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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